AM Brew - September 12, 2022

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Monday, September 12, 2022


General Membership Meeting

September 13 @ 4:30 PM

Join via Zoom
Meeting ID: 939 669 4583

Passcode: 148566

Join President Pogue Lyons and the Executive Board to hear updates from the Union about upcoming programs and activities!

Click here for a timeline of the WTU/DCPS Contract Negotiations.

Committee on Political Education

At the WTU General Membership Meeting the WTU Committee on Political Education will present a motion to the members for their vote on who the WTU should endorse in the upcoming DC General Election:

The WTU Committee on Political Education (COPE) moves that the WTU endorse the following candidates in the 2022 General Election alongside our winning candidates from the DC Democratic Primary: 

DC State Board of Education:

Ward 1: Ben Williams  

Ward 3: Michael Sriqui 

Ward 5: Robert Henderson 

Ward 6: Joshua Wiley  

DC Council At-Large:

Elissa Silverman 

Karim Marshall 


Update your contact information 

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Please wear red each Friday and post photos to social media. Please tag us @WTUTeacher


Teachers Deserve a Fair Contract

Support the WTU at H Street Festival

Sign up to pass out handbills at the H St Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2022. We’ll be distributing flyers and talking to residents, urging them to call on Mayor Bowser to agree to a new contract.


Facility Concerns SY 22-23

Over the past two years, the WTU has met regularly to discuss facility issues with DCPS. Yet, many schools continue to have health and safety concerns. We ask that you let the WTU know of any health or safety concerns in your building by completing this brief form.

FMLA and LOA Claims

Please contact your WTU Field Representative if you are experiencing delays or you have questions regarding the processing of your FMLA and LOA claims with DCPS.


Student Debt Clinics

The WTU and AFT will host student debt clinics on September 29 and October 20

In a 90-minute session, AFT Student Debt Clinics provide information on how to enroll in income-driven student loan repayment programs and help in enrolling in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

Registration links will be available soon!

Virtual Student Debt Clinic

AFT will continue to host a student debt clinic webinar Thursday evenings. Register at https://cvent.me/17XZka Webinar will include information about how to enroll in the free AFT Summer student loan member benefit. Additional information can be found at www.forgivemystudentdebt.org – this website contains all of the information on how to access PSLF in an easily digestible and understandable format.


After attending a Student Debt Clinic, we want to make sure you’ve got all the tools and information you need to take the next steps to start reducing how much you pay every month and get on a path towards a debt-free future! See attached for more information.


Vaccine information can be found here: Monkeypox | doh (dc.gov)

Monkeypox – Monkeypox Data | doh (dc.gov)


AM Brew News and Notices will be archived at https://www.wtulocal6.net/AMBrew.


Professional Development

Register Now -- Fall 2022 Professional Learning from the WTU



Managing Behaviors in School Communities 

Starting Soon!  This course will provide educators with research-based strategies for working with students with behavioral and emotional problems. Teachers will learn how to reduce or prevent disruptive and dangerous outbursts and understand the possible origins of the behavior and how to mitigate and/or prevent outbursts by utilizing effective classroom management methods, student observation methods, and behavioral management techniques.

Whole Child Training

A whole child education prioritizes the full scope of a child’s developmental needs—social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and psychological, as well as academic—to ensure that all children are able to reach their full potential. A whole child approach is built on the understanding that students’ education and life outcomes depend on their access to positive relationships inside and outside of school, a safe learning environment, and deeper learning opportunities. Reach out to: Sarah Phillips, Director, Learning & Development Sciences [email protected] for more information.

Register for Union Leadership Institute (ULI)

The WTU offers regular Union Leadership Institutes (ULIs) that give all members the opportunity to learn and develop leadership skills and to acquire the detailed knowledge needed to be an effective teacher representative to help ensure the voice of teachers are heard.

Register here.



Upcoming events

Membership Meeting- September 13 @ 4:30 PM

Join via Zoom

Meeting ID: 939 669 4583

Passcode: 148566


Support the WTU at H Street Festival

Sign up to pass out handbills at the H St Festival on Saturday, September 17, 2022 

Council Hearings

DC Council Committee of the Whole hearing schedule and sign up including September 16th one on School First in Budgeting and October 25th on Teacher Turnover and Data Warehouse..

Schools First in Budgeting
The hearing is scheduled for Friday, September 16, 2022 at 1:00pm

Teacher/Principal Turnover
The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 1:00pm.

For more details: https://chairmanmendelson.com/testify/


Upcoming Ward Ed Council meetings

Ward 2 - Wednesday, September 21, 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Register here.

Ward 5 Education Equity Committee

If you would like to join, please email [email protected]

Tuesday, September 20, 7:00pm

First topic will be special education. We will be joined by staff from the newly launched Special Education HUB of the Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education and other guests to discuss experiences and resources related to special education. 

Ward 6 - Ward 6 W6PSPO

Tuesday, September 20, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Contact [email protected] for zoom info.



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